Time to shine
First we started with 1000 grit sandpaper (a very fine sandpaper) and a block to flatten out what little bit of orange peel there was. Then we stepped up to 2000 grit to smooth up the scratches from the 1000 grit paper. Lastly we sanded the car with 3000 grit paper on a dual action sander to make buffing a bit easier.
This process removes the bumpy look in paint called orange peel and leaves a ultra smooth, flat finish that makes paint look like a mirror.
After the sanding processes we move on to the buffing steps. This is where the shine comes back.
Like sanding, there are 3 steps to buffing. We start with a heavy cutting compound that pulls the sanding scratches out of the clear coat but leaves light scratches from the heavy cutting action from the compound. So in the next step we use a mild cutting polishing compound. This step brings even more shine and polishes away all the light scratches from the first step. Last is the polishing step. This step is for gloss only. It makes the clear look like a piece of glass. Tomorrow’s final step will be to hand polish the car to give a coat of protection.
Today we also splashed some color on the last of the parts to be painted for the Camaro. The owner wanted all the trim moldings painted to match the car, so we did. We also decided to tint his tail lights and side marker lights while we were at it.
If all goes well, you will be able to see this car in person at the Shriners Hot Rod show at the Greensboro Coliseum February 1st and 2nd.
To read up more on this show click here.